Skipsteknisk is, like a number of other Norwegian designers and ship-owners, based in Ålesund in Norway. The town is the centre of operations for Farstad, Volstad and others and the town of Unsteinvik is situated on an island an hour’s ferry ride to the south. Ålesund is a well known fishing port and Skipsteknisk, like other naval architects in the area, cut their teeth on designing fishing boats.

Skipsteknisk offer a variety of services and include in their design range fishing vessels, research vessels, coastguard and other types of small military vessel, dive ships, seismic ships and other offshore support craft.

The company sold its first offshore design in 2000 which was a seismic support vessel, intended to provide fuel, water and provisioning and if necessary crew changes for seismic ships which only in extremis will recover their streamers. They went on to produce a range of designs for platform ships and one anchor-handler.

They continued to design fishing vessels and in 2003 and 2004 some of their designs were taken up by Faroes and Scottish ship-owners. Designs which have not yet been taken up include a 73 metre stern trawler. These are large ships, equivalent in size to a modern anchor handler or platform ship. As designers of research vessels they are well known in the United Kingdom, having designed the Scotia for fisheries research, based in Aberdeen and the RRS James Cook for the UK National Environmental Research Council.

They next sold designs for their first diving ship the Bibby Sapphire and more importantly for this volume, for their first platform ship, an ST-216 L built originally as the Active Swan but now in service as the Aries Swan. They next sold designs for a number of construction/ROV support vessels before obtaining a contract for their next platform ships, three vessels for the Ålesund marine company Volstad, who had up to that time operated fishing vessels. Skipsteknisk most recent platform designs are two further ST-216 Ls which are now in service for ØstenjøRederie and working out of Aberdeen for Shell. These latter vessels were unique at the time of their introduction as the first offshore vessels fitted with Voith Schneider propulsion.

The company has an extensive range of vessels available and suggest that their approach makes their ships realistically economical to construct.

Only the vessel designs which have a relevance to the offshore industry are included here, and in addition we have only gone as far as to include the details, photographs and plans of the platform ships and anchor handlers.

 
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